The red carpet rolled out Sunday as the Cultural Center of India hosted “Share the Dream…,” a night honoring former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder while bringing local charities and causes together to bring this year’s Academy Awards to Chester.
Originally held at the Science Museum of Virginia, then in Petersburg, Oscar Night America found it’s home in Chesterfield County for the first time this year. Chesterfield’s own Director of Public Affairs, Don Kappel, was to thank for bringing a little bit of Hollywood home.
“We’re very excited about it. We’re glad to have everybody here tonight,” Kappel said. Kappel also happens to be the vice chairman of the Central Virginia Film Institute, one of the main sponsors of “Share the Dream…”
Upon arrival, the local celebrities and VIP’s were given the red carpet treatment, being hounded by the paparazzi, posing against the Oscar backdrops; they were even greeted and interviewed by WRIC TV8’s Aime McLain before entering the main hall where the banquet took place. Among those in attendance were actress and author, Irene Ziegler, Miss VA/USA Nikki Poteet and Sen. Henry Marsh as the honorary host.
Over dinner, former Gov.Wilder was awarded the 2011 DREAMers Team Legacy Award by Sen. Marsh. Wilder said he was “pleased and flattered” to be honored with the award.
After the ceremonies were over, the Academy Awards Show was broadcasted on various monitors and screens throughout while guests enjoyed complimentary wine, a bountiful buffet, music and a silent auction.